Black Music Appreciation Month is an annual celebration of African-American music in the United States. It was initiated as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of Black music.
In 2009, the commemoration was given its current name by President Barack Obama. In his 2016 proclamation, Obama noted that African-American music and musicians have helped the country "to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country's enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all".
Charles Valentino is a Broadway actor, ballet dancer, teacher, songwriter, and choreographer. He has appeared on the television show "CSI" (CBS), and he has worked with Joni Mitchell, Anjelica Huston, Barbra Streisand, Steve Tyrell, and Barry Mann.
Satomi Hofmann is an actress, singer, musician, composer, and arranger living and working in the New York tri-state area. She is currently starring in "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, with the role Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante.
Solo is an American R&B musical group from New York, New York. The original members were Robert Anderson, Darnell Chavis, Eunique Mack, and Daniele Stokes. The group recorded their gold-selling debut album in Minneapolis and released it in 1995.
Twelve-year-old Douglas Baldeo was a principal cast member of the award-winning Broadway Musical, "Kinky Boots". Following his run in "Kinky Boots", he was cast as a vacation swing for "Motown the Musical" on tour.